A brilliant bowling display by Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami ensured India avoid a scare at Southampton beating Afghanistan by 11 runs.
Having won the toss, a strong India batting line-up was met with a resilient Afghan bowling attack as they could only manage 224/8 in 50 overs. Indian skipper Virat Kohli top-scored with 67 runs while Kedar Jadhav also contributed with 52 runs as they set a relatively below par target of 225 runs for Afghanistan.
Afghan skipper Gulbadin Naib took two wickets while Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Rahmat Shah and Mujeeb-ur Rahman took one wicket each. Mujeeb, in particular was very impressive as he gave away only 26 runs off his 10 overs.
In response, Afghanistan struggled to chase the target facing a strong Indian bowling line-up led by the World Number one ranked Jasprit Bumrah who halted an otherwise good chase by the Afghanistan batting line up taking 2 wickets in the 29th over sending Afghanistan’s middle-order of Rahmat Shah and Hashmatullah Shahidi back to the pavilion.
Bumrah was well supported by Mohammad Shami who took a hattrick in the last over of the chase including the important wicket of Mohammad Nabi. Nabi threatened to take the game away from India with an impressive knock of 52 runs taking the game down to the wire.
Shami’s hattrick in the last over meant Afghanistan were all out for 213 with one ball to spare in the ultimate over of the match.
India are unbeaten so far in the tournament while Afghanistan are yet to win any match in the tournament and will hope to open their account against Bangladesh in their next contest on 24th June in the same venue.